Ince & Co LLP Training Contract Application Model Answer
[address line 1]
Ince & Co
1 St Katharine's Way
Dear [recruiter’s name],
I have completed a law degree at the [University] with an upper [grade] class degree. I am applying for a training contract to commence in [year] advertised on Latestlawjobs.com.
I have developed my interest in law throughout my academic career at [university]. In my second year I have completed a legal practice course where I was working in a group on a mock-trial case involving a breach of contract. This course has allowed me to incorporate my knowledge of law in a simulated solicitor’s environment. I genuinely enjoyed the team work and problem-solving elements of the course. As follows, I am actively involved in mooting competitions at the university as I genuinely enjoy debating and disputing a legal position of a client. Applying law to a particular scenario stimulates my intellectual curiosity and arouses a sense of passion in me when it comes to communicating the legal argument to the judge.
I am interested in corporate and commercial law because it will allow me to assume the role of a project manager and will afford me early responsibility. Given that commercial law is both transactional and ongoing, it is clear that I will have to build a rapport with the client and apply strong communication skills coupled with high technical ability when forming a clear picture of the client’s needs and objectives and then explaining what may well be a complex area of law when advising on the best solution. This may require me to liaise with a number of legal departments thus making each day a unique, enjoyable and fulfilling work experience.
I am attracted by the small intake of trainees which I feel will offer me bespoke training that is individually tailored to my interests, experience and aptitude. Small teams also suggest that I will have increased responsibility and operate as a lawyer from day one in an informal and collegial working environment. More importantly, I will receive the excitement and challenge of working on high value, complex transactions and disputes, in the size of office where everyone knows who you are. For me this will mean getting involved in real work from the start whereby I will be able to add something to the cases I work on. This environment will unquestionably foster my professional and personal growth in my capacity as a lawyer.
What particularly attracts me to Ince & Co is its excellent training scheme. Having worked for a number of small firms such as [law firm] and [law firm] I especially enjoyed the excitement of working in close-knit teams where the nature of the work is very personal and hands-on. I feel that this has allowed me the freedom to exercise my initiative and allowed me to make a positive contribution to cases. I especially enthralled by the early responsibility at Ince & Co to visit clients, interview witnesses, liaise with counsel, deal with technical experts and handle opposing lawyers. This will allow me to quickly build up a portfolio of cases from a number of partners involved in a cross section of the firm’s practice and will see their cases through from start to finish. Having lived in [country], UK, USA and [country] I would especially like to spend seats in overseas offices and learn a new language and culture. Moreover, working at an overseas office will allow me to leave my comfort zone and think more pragmatically. This will mean that my learning trajectory will grow at a steeper pace.
I should be very grateful if you would contact me in the event of any candidates being selected for interview whether or not I have been successful, as I have a significant interest in the outcome of this application.
Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to hearing from you soon.